Blogathons, Uncategorized

Disillusioned Youth: “The Boys Next Door” (1985)

The Boys Next Door follows in the footsteps of Rebel Without A Cause in its exploration of a disillusioned youth that are raging against the system, but it cranks the violence and cynicism up to a level that endeavours to show the crumbling facade of the American Dream. It has fallen into relative obscurity since… Continue reading Disillusioned Youth: “The Boys Next Door” (1985)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Uncategorized

A Grump With A Heart of Gold: Lionel Barrymore as Dr Gillespie

The Dr Kildare movies only came on my radar fairly recently, as I was more familiar with the Richard Chamberlain series than with the nine films that starred Lew Ayres as the titular Dr Kildare and Lionel Barrymore as his cynical, but secretly caring, mentor, Dr Gillespie. Dr Kildare is a young doctor who wants… Continue reading A Grump With A Heart of Gold: Lionel Barrymore as Dr Gillespie

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Joan Crawford, Uncategorized

The Working Man: Spencer Tracy in “Mannequin” (1937)

The year that Mannequin had its nationwide release, Joan Crawford was featured on the list of actresses termed as "Box Office Poison". It was a list that featured Katherine Hepburn, Kay Francis, Norma Shearer and John Barrymore, to name but a few. It was a list that is now largely seen as being inaccurate, or… Continue reading The Working Man: Spencer Tracy in “Mannequin” (1937)

Blogathons, Period Dramas, Uncategorized

A Beautiful Baroness: Eleanor Parker in “The Sound of Music”

The Sound of Music is one of the most successful and famous films of all time. It's unlikely that you do not know the film, unless perhaps, unlike me, you did not watch it on video until the title song became a bit wonky from overuse. Whenever one thinks of the film, Julie Andrews and… Continue reading A Beautiful Baroness: Eleanor Parker in “The Sound of Music”

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Period Dramas, Uncategorized

The Last Romanov: Anastasia (1956)

The story of Anastasia, the supposed last living member of the Russian royal family, is famous the world over. The hope that one last symbol of pre-Communist Russia exists/existed, is one that has lived on in the collective imagination for a long time. Twentieth Century Fox made the film twice, once in 1956 and again… Continue reading The Last Romanov: Anastasia (1956)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Uncategorized

The intensity of “Frenzy” (1972)

This review contains major plot point spoilers. Don’t read any further if you haven’t seen the film. Frenzy is, in my humble opinion, Hitchcock’s most intense and disturbing film. Because it was made long after the production code had folded, it has all the graphic imagery that the 1970s, with its lack of overarching censorship,… Continue reading The intensity of “Frenzy” (1972)

Blogathons, Uncategorized

Announcing the Cool Rider: Maxwell Caulfield Blogathon

So many of you who know me, also know that I am a HUGE Maxwell Caulfield fan. It's so bad that when I make a decision, I often think: What would Michael Carrington do? Yes. It's indeed... that... bad... Maxwell Caulfield is best known now for portraying British geek heartthrob, Michael Carrington, in the cult… Continue reading Announcing the Cool Rider: Maxwell Caulfield Blogathon

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Noir Or Never, Uncategorized

A Matter of Time: Barbara Stanwyck in “Jeopardy” (1953)

Jeopardy (1953) is the kind of film that exists on a star's filmography and gets overshadowed by bigger, better known fare. When you think about Barbara Stanwyck's career, you immediately think of Double Indemnity, The Lady Eve or Baby Face. You don't think about, because you probably don't know about, a modestly budgeted film noir,… Continue reading A Matter of Time: Barbara Stanwyck in “Jeopardy” (1953)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Uncategorized

The Queen of Sass: Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon has arrived!

Hooray! The day for our wonderful Queen of the Silver Screen and Sass, Barbara Stanwyck, to be celebrated, has arrived! So without further ado, let's get into the lovely entries from our awesome participants! First up we have Kevin, who writes about Stany and Capra's work together. Then Lê writes about Barbara's performance in one… Continue reading The Queen of Sass: Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon has arrived!

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Uncategorized

Love and Medicine (Not Necessarily in that Order): Olivia de Havilland in “Not As A Stranger” (1955)

Olivia de Havilland has been in some of the most iconic films of all time, from Gone With The Wind, to The Snake Pit and The Heiress. But in 1955 she starred in a film that despite having an almost all star cast, including Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra, Broderick Crawford, Charles Bickford and Gloria Grahame,… Continue reading Love and Medicine (Not Necessarily in that Order): Olivia de Havilland in “Not As A Stranger” (1955)